August 8, 2011
Gesell to Iowa
On Monday afternoon Coach Fran McCaffery received some good news on the recruiting front, his pursuit of one of the top guard prospects in the Midwest paid off as Mike Gesell made his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes. Gesell made his commitment today, according to his Martin Brothers/All Iowa Attack Coach Hank Huddleson.
"Mike gave Iowa his verbal commitment today," Huddleson said. "I have always told our guys they should go where they were the most wanted and Coach McCaffery has made Mike and the other guys he has offered on our team a huge priority for his program. He did a great job recruiting Mike since he took over at Iowa."
Rivals.com ranks Gesell as the 89th best player in the Class of 2012 and the 17th best point guard in the class. The 6 footer from South Sioux City, Nebraska turned down scholarship offers from Creighton, Drake, Nebraska, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Stanford, and Utah, along with interest from Harvard.
Huddleson has had Gesell in his program for more than five years and says he has no doubt that he will be a very good point guard in the Big Ten.
"I think he will be a very good point guard in the Big Ten before it is all said and done," he said. "He is very good player and he's more athletic than people give him credit for being. He has the ability to score the basketball. With us, he has played the point and at the two guard. He can score it, defend all types of guards, and I think it will be a real asset to Iowa Basketball."
Not only are the Hawkeyes getting a very good basketball player, but Gesell is also an outstanding student in the classroom and a good teammate.
"He's just a great kid," Huddleson said. "He's a great student, very well mannered, comes from a wonderful family, and his teammates love playing with him and spending time with him off the court."
Iowa has also offered two of his AAU teammates in 7 footer Adam Woodbury from Sioux City and 6-foot-7 wing forward Kale Abrahamson from West Des Moines. Will Gesell committing impact both of them and help the Hawkeyes chances in landing the trio?
"It certainly doesn't hurt Iowa's chances," Huddleson said. "I know they have talked about playing together and I felt that if one of them was going to commit first, it would have been Mike. I wouldn't say it's a done deal, but this probably helps point them towards Iowa."
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